Kamasi Washington - Fearless Movement (Photo credit: B+)
Kamasi Washington - Fearless Movement (Photo credit: B+)

Kamasi Washington Debuts New Song ‘PROLOGUE’

TOURING NORTH AMERICA THIS SPRING AND SUMMER

Kamasi Washington debuts new song “Prologue” and video today, and sets new album Fearless Movement for release May 3 2024.

March 6, 2024—Kamasi Washington today confirms his new album, Fearless Movement, is set for release May 3 via Young. A new song, “Prologue,” debuts today alongside a video directed by longtime collaborator AG Rojas and choreographed by Samantha Blake Goodman. Watch hereand listen here. Pre-order/Pre-save Fearless Movement here.

Additionally, Washington unveils plans for an extensive North American tour kicking off May 4 at New York’s Beacon Theatre with further dates including ChicagoHouston, San Francisco and the Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival, which he will co-curate with Herbie Hancock for the second year in a row, on June 16. See below for full tour routing.

Washington calls Fearless Movement his dance album. “It’s not literal,” Washington says. “Dance is movement and expression, and in a way it’s the same thing as music—expressing your spirit through your body. That’s what this album is pushing.”

Dance as an embodied form of expression signals a shift in focus for Washington. Where previous albums dealt with cosmic ideas and existential concepts, Fearless Movement focuses in on the everyday, an exploration of life on earth. This change in scope is due in large part to the birth of Washington’s first child a few years ago.

“Being a father means the horizon of your life all of a sudden shows up,” says Washington. “My mortality became more apparent to me, but also my immortality—realizing that my daughter is going to live on and see things that I’m never going to see. I had to become comfortable with this, and that affected the music that I was making.”

The album features Washington’s daughter—who wrote the melody to “Asha The First” during some of her first experimentations on the piano—as well as a host of collaborators new and old. André 3000 appears on flute, George Clinton lends his voice, as do BJ The Chicago Kid, Inglewood rapper D-Smoke and Taj and Ras Austin of Coast Contra, the twin sons of West Coast legend Ras Kass. Washington further enlisted lifelong friends and collaborators ThundercatTerrace MartinPatrice QuinnBrandon ColemanDJ Battlecat and more.

The album also features “The Garden Path,” a song Washington performed for the first time ever, making his late-night television debut, on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Kamasi Washington is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and bandleader born and raised in Los Angeles. His three bodies of work to date—The EpicHarmony of Difference, an EP originally commissioned for the 2017 Whitney Biennial; and Heaven and Earth—are among the most acclaimed of this century. As Told To G/D Thyself, his short film companion to Heaven and Earth, debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival to widespread acclaim. In 2020, Washington scored the Michelle Obama documentary Becoming, earning Emmy and Grammy nominations for his work. Also in 2020, Washington co-founded the supergroup Dinner Party with longtime friends and collaborators Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper and 9th Wonder—their EP Dinner Party (Dessert) was subsequently nominated for a Grammy for Best Progressive R&B Album. In 2021, he contributed a cover of Metallica’s “My Friend of Misery” to the band’s Metallica Blacklist covers project. Washington has toured the world over and collaborated and shared stages with Kendrick Lamar, Florence + the Machine, Herbie Hancock and many more.

LIST
Kamasi Washington - Fearless Movement (Photo credit: B+)
Kamasi Washington – Fearless Movement (Photo credit: B+)

1. Lesanu
2. Asha The First (featuring Thundercat, Taj Austin, Ras Austin)
3. Computer Love (featuring Patrice Quinn, DJ Battlecat, Brandon Coleman)
4. The Visionary (featuring Terrace Martin)
5. Get Lit (featuring George Clinton, D Smoke)
6. Dream State (featuring André 3000)
7. Together (featuring BJ the Chicago Kid)
8. The Garden Path
9. Interstellar Peace (The Last Stance)
10. Road to Self (KO)
11. Lines in the Sand
12. Prologue

KAMASI WASHINGTON LIVE
May 4—New York, NY—Beacon Theatre
May 5—Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer
May 7—Toronto, QC—History
May 8—Cincinnati, OH—Ludlow Garage
May 9—Detroit, MI—St. Andrews Hall
May 10—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall
May 11—St. Paul, MN—Fitzgerald Theater
May 12—Omaha, NB—Slowdown
May 14—Houston, TX—House of Blues Houston
May 15—Dallas, TX—House of Blues Dallas
May 16—San Antonio, TX—Empire Theater
May 17—Austin, TX—Empire Garage
May 30—Vancouver, BC—The Vogue Theatre
May 31—Seattle, WA—The Showbox
June 1—Eugene, OR—McDonald Theatre
June 2—Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom
June 5—Sacramento, CA—Crest Theatre
June 6—Monterey, CA—Golden State Theatre
June 7—San Francisco, CA—Warfield
June 8—Santa Cruz, CA—The Catalyst
June 9—Solana Beach, CA—Belly Up
June 11—Mesa, AZ—Mesa Arts Center
June 16—Los Angeles, CA—Hollywood Bowl Jazz Fest
July 31—Alexandria, VA—The Birchmere
WHO

Director: AG Rojas
Production Company: Park Pictures
Executive Producer: Jackie Kelman Bisbee & Caroline Kousidonis
Producer: Grace Campos
Director of Photography: Evan Prosofsky
Casting & Choreography: Samantha Blake Goodman
Production Designer: Chris Jones
Costume Designer: Sara Sensoy
Stylist and wardrobe for Kamasi Washington and Band: Korynn Washington
Wardrobe for Kamasi Washington and Band: Aubrinae Washington
Key Make up: Yuichi Kojima

1st AD: Ray Fuentes
2nd Unit Director: Jazmin Gracia
Editor: Zaldy Lopez
VFX Supervisor: Steven Wolff
Colorist: Gregory Reese
On Set Photographer: Vincent Haycock

Production Supervisor: Chris Latimer
Ass Production Sup: Marybell Chavez
Talent Coordinator: Beatriz Lagarde
Production Support: Miguel Arroyo
2nd AD: Mike Paulson
Camera Operator: Jake Magee
1st AC A Cam: Karla Marie Wilson
1st AC B Cam: Jenna Hoffman
2nd AC A Cam: Sasha Wright
2nd AC B Cam: Liam Miller
DIT: Steve Harnell
VTR Operator: Payton Paulson
Chief Lighting Tech: Janos Csoma
Ass Chief Lighting Tech: Stefan Duschaine
Lighting Technician: Lej Talens, Lou Ramos, Blaine Munro
Key Grip: Gino Nix
BB Grip: Joseph Messier
Grip: Shai Nix, Craig Price, Justin Kaid
Art Coordinator: Paula Thompson
Set Decorator: Neil Wyzanowski
Lead Set Dresser: Xylon Jones
Asst. Make up: Yukiko Kinkel
Ass Choreographer: Sasha Rivero
Location Manager: Ivan Siebel
Gang Boss: Henry Canon
Teamster Driver: Marco Arias, Bo Williams
Caterer Driver: Timothy Borunda
Medic: Elroy Lara

Craft Service: Exsael Leon
Catering: Calling Grace
Studio Teacher: Jil Kimmel
PA’s: Sal Sendik, Juan Campos, Fabian Urista, Anthony Godinez, Joanna Cecillio, Desiree Gracias, Chance Theriot, Henry Conteras, Patrick Stevens, Alex Rodas, Jose Ramos, Masha Melkosyants, Mariah Alcantar, Sydney Freed, Keean Stauber, Kaila Marfori, Oliver Groszkruger

Editorial Producer: Dylan Majerus & Michael Miller, Exile Editing
VFX Producer: James Howell & Michael Steinman Pariah Creative
Color Producer: Diane Valera & Thatcher Peterson, Royal Muster

Dancers:
Storyboard P @storyboardp
CeSEE @feeelstyle
Sasha Rivero @sasha.d.rivero
Garnet Clarke @garnetclarke
Kelsee Woods @__kwoodz
JaNiah “Frequency” Cooper @jnmnc
Jai Robinson @jiggyjai
Teake @zuzusauvage
Qwenga @qw3nga
Jordan Slaffey @jayslaff
Jeremy “JT” Taylor @jeremytaylor.jt
Noelle Hauptmann-Anderson @iamnonoblack
Najla Gilliam @sirius.return
Marissa Brown @marissajbrown
Kryss Hicks @callme_kryss
Ryan Ruiz @ryanroozie
Taya Lee @thetayalee
Nkeiruka Igbonagwam @nksogorgeous
Brandon “BeastBoi” Juezan @beastboithehypegod
Autuum Randolph @mmmmylipshurt
Shauna Davis @shaunaydavis
Roya Carreas Fereshtehnejad @royacarreras
Tamica Washinton @tamicadances
Lula Washinton @lula_washington_dance_theatre
Carlos Barrionuevo @carlos__barrionuevo
Mayte Valdes @maytzigane

Band:
Brandon Coleman @brandoncoleman
Patrice Quinn @iampatricequinn
Roland Bruner Jr @drummaboiblue
Tony Austin @tonyaustindrums
Dontae Winslow @dontaewinslow
Allakoi Peete @micholdenfresh
Kahlil Cummings @kahlilc33
Cameron Graves @cameronthescore
Rickey Washington @rickeywashington
Ryan Porter @ryanpapaporter

Special Thanks: Camtec Camera Rental, Calling Grace Catering, Kraftworks Craft Service, JL Fisher, Department G, MSA Enterprises, Bunker 21, Hunter Crowley, Freakshow

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